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Stocks open lower; travel companies sink following attacks

Stocks open lower; travel companies sink following attacks

U.S. stocks are opening broadly lower, led by declines in travel-related companies following the attacks in Belgium. Airlines, cruise companies and travel booking sites were among the biggest decliners early Tuesday. Delta Air Lines and Carnival each lost 3 percent. Energy and materials companies were also lower. The price of crude oil slipped. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 47 ...

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Gas line explosions bring new safety proposal

Gas line explosions bring new safety proposal

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — U.S. officials moved Thursday to strengthen safety rules for the nation’s 300,000-mile network of natural gas transmission pipelines in response to numerous fiery accidents, including a 2010 California explosion that killed eight people and injured more than 50. The Department of Transportation proposal would expand inspection and repair rules to include lines in some rural areas ...

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Russian coal mine accident kills 36, including 5 rescuers

Russian coal mine accident kills 36, including 5 rescuers

MOSCOW (AP) — A methane gas leak at a coal mine in Russia’s far north triggered three explosions that ignited fires and partially collapsed the mine, killing 36 people, officials said Sunday. The dead included five rescue workers and a mine worker who were killed early Sunday when the third explosion rocked the Severnaya mine in Vorkuta, a town north ...

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Bomb attacks on pipelines cause massive oil spill in Nigeria

Bomb attacks on pipelines cause massive oil spill in Nigeria

WARRI, Nigeria — Multiple bombings of Agip oil pipelines have caused thousands of barrels of oil to pollute waterways, farms and fishing grounds in Nigeria’s southern Bayelsa state, residents said Monday. Oil flowed unchecked for two days, according to fishermen who complained that a clean-up has not yet started. A spokesman for Italian parent company ENI said 16,000 barrels of ...

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W.Va. OKs fracking under Ohio River; critics leery

Beautiful sunrise over the Ohio River as seen from Otter Creek Start Park, Kentucky, USA

West Virginia has opened the Ohio River to fracking. The state government announced that companies can ask to drill beneath the Ohio River for natural gas and oil. Those companies would pay the state a per-acre fee as well as royalties on the oil and gas. It is a move that could bring millions of dollars into West Virginia, which ...

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Pa. system for tracking compliance at Marcellus Shale well sites in disrepair

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Sean D. Hamill | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette A Post-Gazette analysis of DEP records provides a detailed look at the Marcellus Shale industry and its regulation, showing the serious problems in spotting well-site incidents, record keeping, and hiring adequate numbers of inspectors; it also shows how the industry has responded to accidents and surrounding publicity. This is the first of three parts. ...

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Arlington shaken by Sunday morning earthquake

John Gravois | The Fort Worth Star-Telegram While most people slept through it without noticing, some Arlington residents called 911 early Sunday morning around 4 a.m. with reports of hearing “explosions” and feeling “house shaking” from a 2.4 magnitude earthquake centered near Interstate 30 and Fielder Road, authorities said. According to a Facebook posting by the Arlington Fire Department, “the ...

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Bakken leader fears more safety lapses will ‘shut us down’

James MacPherson | Associated Press BISMARCK, N.D. — The godfather of North Dakota’s present oil bonanza predicted the state’s crude production will double to 2 million barrels daily by decade’s end but warned industry officials Thursday that future safety missteps would threaten that. “We can’t have any more issues,” Harold Hamm, the chairman of Oklahoma City-based Continental Resources, told expo-goers ...

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Canada revamps pipeline safety rules ahead of new projects

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By Julie Gordon VANCOUVER, May 14 (Reuters) – Canada unveiled new rules on Wednesday to enhance pipeline safety and spill response, ahead of the development of new projects proposed to carry crude from Alberta’s oil sands to coastal ports for export. The new legislation will give Canada’s energy regulator, the National Energy Board (NEB), more power to enforce compliance on safety ...

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